Police are investigating the circumstances under which a fibreglass vessel exploded while moored at the New Amsterdam Stelling this morning.
According to information received, a mechanic, Fizul Adams, was in the process of refuelling the vessel, ‘Grady White’, when it exploded.
Guyana Standard understands that the tank overflowed causing fuel to spill at the stern. As a consequence, a fire started followed by a loud explosion, which threw Adams overboard. Shortly after, the entire vessel was engulfed in flames. The vessel was destroyed, police said.
Adams was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital and admitted with second-degree burns about his body. Fire tenders were quickly summoned to extinguish the blaze.
Investigations are still ongoing.